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Where do bears go
to get away from it all?

Today more people than ever before are leaving their homes and masks behind and heading into the great outdoors to get away from it all. That means more people hiking, camping, fishing, picnicking, sightseeing, taking photos and picking berries (please leave some for the bears).

There’s nowhere for bears to go to get away from it all; they must try to avoid people while going about the never-ending job of finding food, raising their cubs and looking for a good place for a snooze. 

Before you go exploring,
can you answer these questions?

  1. What is a safe distance for watching bears?
  2. What’s the first thing you should do if you see a bear in the woods?
  3. Will hiking with my dog keep bears away?
  4. What’s the one thing everyone should carry and know how to use?
  5. Is it OK to leave lunch leftovers for bears? 
  6. Is it safe to leave food in your car? 
If you are 100% sure you know all the answers, congratulations, you’ve done your bear homework and can pass this along to someone who needs it. Otherwise, you can find the answers to these questions and dozens more in our free flyers from the BearWise Store. Print and take with you, or put the pdf files on your phone; you’ll always know what to do out in bear country.
Six Outdoor BearWise Basics flyer
Six Outdoor BearWise Basics
BearWise Outdoor Safety Tips flyer
BearWise Outdoor Safety Tips
BearWise Vacation Tips
BearWise Vacation Tips
post flyers for guests too
BearWise flyers are also perfect for house guests and visitors. Email the flyers beforehand and put them on display. 
Download BearWise Flyers

From the Experts...

NEVER run from a bear. Don’t approach a bear – just quietly move away and leave the area.  However, if a bear does approach you, make yourself look big, make loud noises, clap your hands, and continue to back away.”   - Jaime Sajecki, Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources

Thanks for doing your part
to keep bears and people safe.

BearWise - Created and Supported by State Wildlife Agencies & Bear Biologists
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